Otago coach Tony Brown will join the Highlanders next year as an assistant coach.
Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph said Brown's guidance of Otago had been notable.
"I've been impressed with Brownie's performances with Otago over the last couple of years; the team has played with a lot of character and he has shown a great ability to get the best out of his players. I'm looking forward to having his input in the coaching mix for 2014."
Brown played 90 games for the Highlanders in a career that spanned from 1996 to 2011.
He returned to the Highlanders in 2011 as injury cover at first-five, and the following year took up a two-year head coaching role with the Otago NPC team.
Brown had immediate success with Otago, taking them to the finals series in both 2012 and 2013 and also winning the Ranfurly Shield for the first time in 56 years.
Highlanders general manager Roger Clark congratulated Brown on his coaching appointment.
"On behalf of the Highlanders, I would like to congratulate Tony on his appointment. Tony has proven his coaching ability at ITM Cup and Japanese Top-League level, and we're thrilled he is joining the Highlanders' coaching team for 2014. It's also pleasing from a franchise-wide point of view that there is a clear coaching pathway from ITM Cup to Super Rugby level."
Brown will continue in his role as Otago coach.
The Highlanders begin their season with a home match at Forsyth Barr Stadium against the Blues on February 22.
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